Container Carrier News

30 Sep 2019

Euroseas Charters Akinada Bridge

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Euroseas, a shipping company that was founded about a century ago, announced that  its container vessel, M/V Akinada Bridge has entered into a charter contract of minimum duration of ten months and maximum duration of thirteen months at a daily rate of $16,500.The owner and operator of container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes said that the charter will commence upon completion of the vessel’s special survey and drydocking and…

27 Sep 2019

CPLP Fixes Agamemnon with MSC

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Greek shipping company Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP) announced that its vessel, M/V ‘Agamemnon’ commenced new long-term time charter with Mediterranean Shipping Company Co. S.A.The 108,892 dwt / 8,266 TEU container carrier Agamemnon was built in built 2007 in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., South Korea, said a press note from the shipping company engaged in the seaborne transportation of a wide range of cargoes, including dry cargo and containerized…

11 Jul 2019

MSC Reiterates No Shark Fin Policy

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Swiss-based shipping line MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is taking the opportunity to clarify and raise awareness of its zero-tolerance position on shark fin carriage, following a reported shark fin discovery earlier this year, involving a booking by another container carrier."MSC is proud to be implementing since several years a complete global ban on consignments of any type of shark fin and of endangered shark," said the global container shipping and a company in a press…

10 Jul 2019

CPP Gets Charter for Agamemnon, Archimidis

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Capital Product Partners (CPP), the Greek shipping company engaged in the seaborne transportation, has agreed new long-term time charters with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for the M/V 'Agamemnon' and the M/V 'Archimidis'.The charter for the M/V ‘Agamemnon’ (108,892 dwt / 8,266 TEU, container carrier built 2007, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., South Korea) is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2019 upon completion of its previously announced scrubber installation and passing of special survey.The M/V ‘Archimidis’ (108,892 dwt / 8,266 TEU, container carrier

05 Jul 2019

Containerships in first SIMOPS boxship bunkering

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Containerships performed its first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) bunkering, which allows for the concomitant bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and execution of loading and unloading procedures.An unprecedented achievement improving Containerships’ operational efficiency and highlighting the Group’s leading role in the energy transition of the shipping industryOn July 4th, 2019, Containerships successfully carried out SIMOPS bunkering on its LNG-powered CONTAINERSHIPS NORD vessel in the Port of Rotterdam.

05 Jul 2019

FESCO Buys New Containership

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FESCO Transportation Group, the largest intermodal transport operator in Russia, announced that the ice-class container vessel “FESCO Magadan”, with full capacity of 822 TEU, joined its fleet."The flag of the Russian Federation was solemnly raised on the ship on July 2, the day of the formation of the city of Vladivostok," said a press note from the public transportation and logistics company.The container ship will be operated on FESCO cabotage service “FESCO Magadan Line”. The launch of this container carrier on “FESCO Magadan Line” is scheduled for August…

11 Jun 2019

Euroseas Gets Refinance for Two Vessels

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Euroseas announced that it has closed the previously announced refinancing of two of its vessels with simultaneous interest rate reduction of 0.5% for all other existing loans and the redemption of approximately $11.7 million of value.The an owner and operator of container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, said that the refinance is equivalent to about 59.4%, of its outstanding Series B Preferred Shares with simultaneous reduction…

28 May 2019

ZIM Expands Refrigerated Container Fleet

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The Israel-headquartered container carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) is expanding its ZIMonitor containers fleet in 2019 and adding advanced “Star Cool” containers manufactured by Maersk Container Industry (MCI).MCI informed that it has secured an order of 500 Star Cool Integrated Reefers from ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, establishing a strong relationship with the customer.For decades, ZIM has been offering advanced transport of fruit, meat, medicines, and other frozen or refrigerated cargo to its customers.

24 May 2019

Solar Array Installed on Cargo Ship

Ship solar power array supplied by Eco Marine Power onboard MV Panamana

The marine renewable energy technology company Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced that its Aquarius MAS + Solar solution has been installed on the large general cargo ship MV Panamana.The  Japan-based EMP said in a press release that this installation was carried out by the ship’s crew with remote support provided by Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. and EMP from Japan.Over the next few weeks the solar power equipment will be integrated with EMP’s Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) and then put into service.MV Panamana is a 54…

22 May 2019

ZIM Cuts Q1 Net Loss

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The Israel-headquartered container carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) reported  a first-quarter net loss of $17.5 million compared with a net loss of $26.1 million in the first quarter of 2018.The global container shipping company said in a stock exchange annoucement that its first-quarter revenues were $796.2 million, an increase of 6% over the $751.4 million reported for the first quarter of 2018.In Q1 2019, ZIM carried 668 thousand TEUs (reflecting a decrease of 4.3% compared to Q1 2018)…

18 Mar 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Begins TNE Service

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German-based cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG is launching a new liner service offering a direct connection between Turkey and the US East Coast.The Turkey North America East Coast (TNE) service will operate every nine days between the Turkish seaport of Marmara (Izmit, Istanbul and Gemlik) and the US ports of New York, Norfolk and Savannah, said a press release from the world's fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity.In addition, the service will…

06 Mar 2019

Nuclear Container Ship Sets Sail to Arctic LNG2

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The nuclear-powered, 260 meter long, 33980 tons deadweight 'Sevmorput' this week sailed from Murmansk to Arkhangelsk where it is to pick up more than 17,000 tons of construction goods.The lighter aboard ship (LASH) system carrier of FSUE Atomflot, the world’s only ship of its kind, will deliver thousands of tons of construction materials to the Arctic LNG 2 project in peninsula Gydan.At the port of Arkhangelsk, the ship will be loaded with pallets, containers and equipment. Upon completion of the loading works…

19 Dec 2018

HMM to Take Control of Busan Terminal

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The number one Korean national containers carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Singapore-based terminal operator PSA International have secured complete ownership of the Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal (Pier 4) in the Port of Busan, South Korea.The container carrier sold off its majority ownership in PSA Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal Co in 2016 due to liquidity trouble.According to a report in Pulse, HMM will acquire 50 percent plus one share in PSA Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal through a private equity fund…

04 Dec 2018

Hyundai Merchant Marine to Say Good Bye to 2M Alliance?

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South Korea's largest shipping firm Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is likely to part ways with the 2M Alliance which will expire in April 2020 and join  a new ocean alliance said a local media report.According to a report in Business Korea, the 2M Alliance (consists of Maersk Line and MSC) is disadvantageous to HMM as it is not a full member of the alliance. HMM's status fell as the 2M Alliance inked a partnership deal with Israel's Zim Integrated Shipping Services, the report…

13 Nov 2018

Wan Hai Lines Confirms Orders for 20 Newbuilds

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Taiwanese container carrier Wan Hai Lines confirmed an order of 20 container vessels with Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard (GWS) and China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC).During the contract signing ceremony that was held at Wan Hai Lines’ Taipei headquarter on 12th November 2018, the Taiwan's shipping company said that the new order was part of its fleet improvement plan.The contract includes eight 3036Teu container vessels with JMU and twelve 2038Teu container vessels with GWS /CSTC…

08 Nov 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Profit Doubles

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German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG more than doubled its bottom line in the third quarter compared to the same period last year on account of booking lower interest costs.The container carrier said in a press release that it made a net profit of 112.4 million euros ($128.5 million) in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with EUR51.6 million a year earlier, on revenue that rose 8.6% to EUR3.04 billion.Hapag-Lloyd has concluded the third quarter 2018 with higher earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 212.1 million (Q3 2017: EUR 178.1 million).Meanwhile…

30 Oct 2018

Hyundai Merchant Marine Mulls Fleet Capacity of 100 million TEUs by 2022

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The South Korean container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has chalked out an ambitious blueprint for expansion.The ocean carrier's CEO C.K. Yoo presented HMM’s target of building up its capacity to 100 million TEUs and posting USD 10 billion in annual revenue by 2022, during an employees  gathering at HMM HQ in the Seoul office.HMM recently ordered twelve 23,000 TEU and eight 15,000 TEU eco-friendly mega vessels in preparation for the IMO’s sulfur regulations starting from 2022…

28 Oct 2018

Mombasa Port Receives Largest Container Vessel

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Port of Mombasa of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) pilots has received Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) container vessel MSC Maxine  master one of largest container vessel to dock at the facility.The port has registered a new performance record of 1450 moves within an eight-hour shift in the container operations, said a press release."The record was set by MSC Maxine in her maiden call at the Port of Mombasa on Wednesday beating the previous record of container carrier Livorno of 1265 moves registered late June this year…

21 Oct 2018

Abu Dhabi Ports, MSC Join with Silsal for Blockchain Solution

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Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary Maqta Gateway said that it is to carry out its first testing of international blockchain solution Silsal with a maritime operator in partnership with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global leader in shipping and logistics.Silsal provides a seamless and secure link between stakeholders across the trade community using the electronic ledger system.As a major carrier, MSC will provide vital information and feedback on the international pilot project…

17 Sep 2018

Maersk to Spend $2 Bln to Meet 2020 Sulphur Cap

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Maersk Line said it will introduce a new Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) surcharge designed to recover costs of compliance with the global 0.5 percent sulphur cap set to enter into force on January 1, 2020. The Danish container carrier said it expects its extra fuel costs could exceed $2 billion.The BAF surcharge will be introduced on January 1, 2019, replacing Maersk Line's current Standard Bunker Adjustment Factor (SBF) surcharge. The new surcharge considers the average fuel…

31 Aug 2018

Inland Waterways Authority of India Releases Ship Designs for River Ganga

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Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) made public 13 standardised state-of-the-art ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga (National Waterway-1).This marks attaining of a critical milestone in the growth of the country’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector as it will help overcome the unique navigation challenges river Ganga throws due to its complex river morphology, hydraulics, acute bends, shifting channels, meanders and current.It will serve as an…

17 Aug 2018

Container Shipping Bankruptcy Lends Insight on Potential Fallout from Trade War

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Global trade tensions have captured headlines in recent months, as the imposition of a series of tariffs and counter-tariffs by various global trade counterparts has raised questions about the possibility of a trade war. Such development could potentially have an impact on global trade flows, and, consequently, the companies which facilitate international movement of goods.Though the situation is still developing and the final impact is uncertain, Gregory Draco, the Chief U.S. Economist at Oxford, predicted in July that the tariffs would create an 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent drag on U.S. GDP.

09 Aug 2018

Maersk, IBM Say 94 Organizations have Joined Blockchain Platform

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Shipping group Maersk said on Thursday 94 companies and organizations have so far joined a blockchain platform developed with IBM aimed at boosting efficiency and limiting the enormous paper trail of global container shipping.The industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade still leaves an enormous trail of paperwork and bureaucracy.Under its new strategy, which includes the creation of an industry-wide blockchain-based trading platform, Maersk aims to expand its transport and logistics business in areas such as freight forwarding an

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